Jeremy Day was born in London in 1945 and immigrated to Cape Town with his war-widowed mother on a Union-Castle liner in 1946.
He first started drawing and painting at the age of 6, when encouraged by an aunt who identified the beginnings of what would be a career in art. A family friend, the well-known artist Arthur O’Mant kindly tutored and encouraged the young artist with weekly meetings. This early influence encouraged a passion for illustration. Excursions into the mountains and around the harbours at an early age also impacted on the effects that water, ships and mountains would play in the years that lay ahead.
The largest influence with regard to detail was an ongoing freelance workload in his mid-teens, which entailed submitting detailed sketches of hundreds of garment labels. After qualifying with the top marks after a 3 year stint at Graphic art school, the exposure to the creation of advertising campaigns and copyright skills led to the formation of a graphic design and advertising business in 1975, including illustration work for the larger agencies; especially airbrush work.
The desire to pursue realism with a paintbrush was always in the background. A stint at Ruth Prowse with Erik Laubscher added another valuable learning experience. Other handcrafts developed; vintage motorcycle restoration and woodwork were pursued, as well as sculpting the patterns for cast iron work, the fruits of which are still evident at the Day residence.
Jeremy derives inspiration from other artists; the names of Rockwell, Turner, Monet and Pierneef are but a few, as well as the hyperrealists Pedro Campos, Jason de Graaf, Simon Hennesy and Denis Petersen, amongst others. Jeremy continually “pans for gold” for that iconic spark of inspiration that will lead to the next work of art.
Several solo exhibitions at the Old Village at Constantia and The Studio at Kalk Bay proved successful, resulting in commissions both local and international. Participation in the SASA exhibitions has led to the highest scores at 3 consecutive Annual Exhibitions, resulting in the awarding as a Fellow of SASA.
In January 2015, Jeremy received first prize in an international online still life art competition with “Tata ma Chance”, a painting of a grocery purchase and lotto ticket.
Title: Waterfront early evening
Size: 101 x 76 cm
Price: R 48 000 Unframed